Description: Hardy perennial herb Small, single, white, daisy-like flowers in spring on low-growing plants; fragrant lacy foliage
Habit: Plant forms a spreading mat up to 6 inches tall and 12 inches wide
Culture: Prefers full sun or partial shade, and well-drained garden loam
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 6
Attributes: Fragrant foliage Edible Ground cover Deer resistant
This ancient herb of western and northern Europe remains a popular and useful plant in kitchen and ornamental gardens today. The single-flowered Roman Chamomile has been considered the most potent medicinal form since the thirteenth century, especially in Britain where it tends to escape into lawns naturally. John Gerard in his 1633 Herbal described the single form as the Common "Cammomill" with white petals around the yellow "yhrums." It was grown in American gardens by the seventeenth century and Thomas Jefferson listed Chamomile as a kitchen garden herb in 1794.